April 20, 2011
A Change of Travel Plans- What to See in Munich?
Posted by Evelyn Mervine
My first flight was delayed due to mechanical problems, so I am missing my connection to my other three flights. I now have a new itinerary through Munich. By the time I reach Cape Town (with no additional delays), I will have been traveling for 44 hours straight. I just bought a travel pillow and more snacks. On the upside, I have a 7 hour layover in Munich. I think I’ll try to leave the airport and see some of the city. Can anyone recommend some good sights to see in Munich?
I found the Olympic Park to be a site of historical significance and culture to enjoy. The downtown area where the touristy Hoffbrauhouse is also really cool. You can always get a good meal there, and of course good beer.
Thanks, Larian! I don't have too much time (7 hours), but I think I've got enough time to take the train from the airport to downtown, snap some pictures of some pretty buildings, drink a beer, have a hearty German lunch, and head back to the airport in time to catch my Air Berlin flight.
Definitely go to the Marienplatz and see the Rathaus-Glockenspeil; (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rathaus-Glockenspiel); the Hoffbrauhaouse is right nearby, and there's an excellent open-air market where you can sit down with a beer and some lunch. It's a great area to walk around, and there are always lots of street performers to watch.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munich#MuseumsThe Deutsches Museum or German Museum, located on an island in the River Isar, is one of the oldest and largest science museums in the world. Three redundant exhibition buildings which are under a protection order were converted to house the Verkehrsmuseum, which houses the land transport collections of the Deutsches Museum. Deutsches Museum's Flugwerft Schleissheim flight exhibition centre is located nearby, on the Schleissheim Special Landing Field. Several non-centralised museums (many of those are public collections at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität) show the expanded state collections of palaeontology, geology, mineralogy, zoology, botany and anthropology.The GlyptothekThe city has several important art galleries, most of which can be found in the Kunstareal, including the Alte Pinakothek, the Neue Pinakothek, the Pinakothek der Moderne and the Museum Brandhorst. Alte Pinakothek's monolithic structure contains a treasure trove of the works of European masters between the 14th and 18th centuries. The collection reflects the eclectic tastes of the Wittelsbachs over four centuries, and is sorted by schools over two sprawling floors. Major displays include Albrecht Dürer's Christ-like Self-Portrait, his Four Apostles, Raphael's paintings The Canigiani Holy Family and Madonna Tempi as well as Peter Paul Rubens two-storey-high Judgment Day. The gallery houses one of the world's most comprehensive Rubens collections.